Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. explain and analyse the legal principles relating to consumer and competition law as they apply to business actions and strategies
  2. assess the consequences of a breach of the laws for business, directors and employees
  3. apply legal reasoning and problem solving methods to identify, analyse and resolve problems relating to consumer and competition law
  4. apply appropriate techniques to select, evaluate and use information from primary and secondary sources to make informed judgements about legal issues relating to consumer and competition law
  5. write well-structured documents using appropriate language and styles that are relevant to consumer and competition law.
    • Definitions and key concepts
    • Misleading and deceptive conduct
    • Specific false or misleading representations, issues about pricing
    • Specific unfair sales techniques
    • Consumer guarantees
    • Unsolicited consumer agreements and unconscionable conduct
    • Unfair contract terms regime
    • Introduction to competition law and misuse of market power
    • Suppliers - exclusive dealing and resale price maintenance
    • Competitors - cartels and other anti-competitive behaviour
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

CUR-BLW14-Business Law , or USA-BLW17-Business Law


You will need a high level of proficiency in the English language, both written and spoken.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject provides the students with a business focused exploration of laws that impact on customers and competitors. The legal risks arising from the Australian Competition and Consumer Law, on business actions and strategies including misleading or deceptive conduct, unfair sales techniques, pricing strategies, consumer guarantees, selling strategies and collusion are analysed in the context of the legal impact on a business, its directors, management and staff.

Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Problem based (20%)
  • Project (30%)
  • Final Invigilated Examination (50%)

Textbook information is pending.

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